Day 2 at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest rehearsals saw Belgium, Georgia, Australia, Iceland, Estonia, Portugal, Greece and San Marino run through their performances on the Expo Tel Aviv stage for the first time.
8 more participating delegations have completed their first of 2 rehearsals today. The artists and their teams have been working on perfecting their vocal and visual displays of their entries. The delegations have worked together with the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest production team to get the very best out of their entry and give themselves the very best chance of success in the world's longest running international televised music competition.
1. Belgium - Eliot with Wake Up.
A bright red backdrop for the start of Belgium's performance made sure that spectators would Wake Up to the first rehearsal of the day. Eliot delivered some strong vocal performances in 3 renditions of his entry.
2. Georgia - Oto Nemsadze with Keep on Going.
Second up on stage this morning was Georgia's Oto Nemsadze with his powerful rock entry Keep on Going. The staging placed him in a darkened mountain range and lifted the entry with some of the most intense graphics we have seen so far.
3. Australia - Kate Miller-Heidke with Zero Gravity.
Kate Miller-Heidke won national final 'Australia Decides' with a demon on a stick dancing behind her, so it was a surprise to see the demon double and Kate herself up in the air way above the Expo Tel Aviv stage for her performance. This is certainly one of the most visually intriguing entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest.
4. Iceland - Hatari with Hatrið mun sigra.
Hatari looked like a well oiled machine during their slick first rehearsal on the Expo Tel Aviv stage. They might want to bring down capitalism but there was no expense spared in their performance with slick graphics on the LED screen and pyrotechnic display. The choreography and costumes were also attention-grabbing.
5. Estonia - Victor Crone with Storm.
Victor Crone will be displaying some creative on-screen video effects as he brings a Storm to the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest stage at Expo Tel Aviv. Victor's smart casual look, voice and gaze are set to capture television viewers across Europe.
6. Portugal - Conan Osiris with Telemóveis
Conan Orisis and his dancer took to the stage dressed in deep green, blending with the the backing singers to create the unmistakable colours of the Portuguese flag. The entry has lost none of its artistic characteristic since winning the Portuguese ticket to Eurovision. With large deep red roses and contemporary dance moves, Portugal will attempt to qualify from the first Semi-Final.
7. Greece - Katerine Duska with Better Love.
Katerine Duska was next on stage as she showed her Better Love staging for the first time. She performed with 5 women on stage, 2 of whom performed wielding a sword in each hands. Her vocals shine through the stripped back sound of the song and the staging effects bring the performance to life.
8. San Marino - Serhat with Say Na Na Na.
Serhat wrapped up the day's rehearsals. He will close the first Semi-Final with his rendition of Say Na Na Na. The Turkish singer performed with a full troop of backing singer-dancers, all dressed in white. There is plenty going on with the song lyrics appearing across the backing screen to make it an easy sing-along song for viewers.
Tomorrow, the first 9 countries that will compete in the second Semi-Final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will take the stage at Expo Tel Aviv. They are Armenia, Ireland, Moldova, Switzerland, Latvia, Romania, Denmark, Sweden and Austria.